Pakistan’s response to the EU resolution
Giving a clear message to the world, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is ready to address the concerns of the European Union, but no compromise will be made on the blasphemy law. It is inappropriate to associate Islam with terrorism and extremism. Insulting holy figures hurts Muslims; a resolution passed by an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament calls on the European Commission to grant Pakistan access to Pakistan in 2014 under the Generalized Scheme of References (GSP) Plus. The resolution urges the government of Pakistan to repeal sections 295C and B of the blasphemy law. The resolution calls on the government of Pakistan to repeal the 1997 anti-terrorism law. It has also been demanded to amend the law so that blasphemy cases are not heard in anti-terrorism courts and the accused can get bail.
In response to the European Parliament’s anti-Pakistan resolution, the government has decided not to compromise on the law of honor and declaring the Qadianis as infidels. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to review the situation after the European Parliament passed a resolution to review Pakistan’s GSP Plus status. Under the GSP scheme, import duties on products entering the EU markets of developing countries are removed. The loss of GSP Plus status could cost Pakistan تین 3 billion annually. 25% of Pakistan’s exports belong to European countries. If these countries revoke the status given to Pakistan by GSP Plus, it will be Pakistan. Would be a major blow to the economy. According to the EU’s own data, trade between Pakistan and EU countries has increased by 64% since Pakistan was granted GSP Plus status in 2014. According to Pakistan’s Economic Survey 2019-20, the EU The survey said that under GSP Plus, Pakistani products have access to 27 countries of the European Union without any duty. After this facility became available in the European Union, Pakistan’s exports increased by several hundred crores. In the financial year 2013-14, Pakistan’s exports were, 11,960.59 million which increased to 14 14,158.29 million in 2018-19.
Pakistan sells twice as much goods to the EU as the United States, and three times as much as China. The largest amount of goods exported to the EU is textile products. Textile products account for 76% of Pakistan’s exports to the EU. The European Union also plays a significant role in Pakistan’s imports and ranks third in Pakistan’s total imports. Pakistan buys most of its electrical equipment, communications equipment, chemicals and medicines from the European Union. It is true that there were eight agreements with the European Union, including on human rights, the elimination of enforced disappearances, the protection of minorities, and the rights of women, but no agreement was reached on religion. It was said that there would be no compromise on the law of protection of the honor of the Prophet and declaring the Qadianis as infidels. The state of Pakistan will not allow itself or anyone to use violence in the name of religion. The issue will be discussed with all EU countries. The agreement on GSP Plus status has nothing to do with blasphemy laws.
A resolution passed in the European Parliament acknowledging that no offender has yet been sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law, said that the law “causes fear to minorities.” They are “tortured” and people from the minority community are killed on charges of blasphemy. The resolution also cites the recent protests of the banned Tehreek-e-Libya Pakistan (TLP) against the French government in Pakistan, as well as a resolution in the National Assembly of Pakistan to discuss the expulsion of the French ambassador. Also mentioned. In his address to the nation, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that expelling the French ambassador from the country was not the solution to the problem, as the West linked the issue to freedom of expression. In the past, Pakistan’s performance in this regard has been questioned by the European Union. One of the most important issues was the resumption of executions in Pakistan. The PPP government had postponed executions in order to gain preferential trade status from the European Union, but a Taliban attack on an Army Public School in Peshawar in 2014 killed 144 people, including children. After the incident, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had reinstated the death sentence.